Easy Tandoori Spice Mix (6 Ingredients!)

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Say hello to our simplified, inspired version of Tandoori Masala! Inspired by the ingredients in the Whole Foods store-bought version of this spice mix, this easy homemade version comes together with just 6 simple ingredients in 5 minutes! It’s smoky, earthy, balanced, and perfect for seasoning chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, chicken, and beyond!

What is Tandoori Masala?

A tandoor is a type ofclay oven used originally in northern India and Pakistan, and masala refers to any of a number of spice mixtures ground into a paste or powder for use in Indian cooking. Tandoori Masala is a spice blend typically used for marinating meat or vegetables before cooking them in the tandoor! It’s a smoky, slightly sweet, and earthy spice blend that we’re loving! 

For a more authentic version of Tandoori Masala, you could try this recipe from Binjal’s Veg Kitchen.

How to Make Tandoori Masala

Our simplified,6-ingredient version features smoky, earthy cumin, bright red sweet paprika, pungent garlic and ginger, sweet and floral coriander, and zesty cardamom.

While the Whole Foods version of this blend is heavier on the paprika (making it red in color), we prefer it to be heavier on the cumin for best flavor. Feel free to play around with the ratios to make it your own!

When ready to make the blend, simply measure out your ground spices into a jar and stir or shake it up!

We hope you LOVE this spice mix! It’s:

Quick & Easy
& A go-to in the Minimalist Baker kitchen!

We use it to season chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, chicken, and more. It’s also the star of our new Tandoori Tofu Sheet Pan Meal!

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Easy Tandoori Spice Mix (6 Ingredients!)

Smoky, earthy, and slightly sweet Tandoori Masala that’s perfect for vegetables, meat, and beyond! Just 1 jar, 6 ingredients, and 5 minutes required!
Author Minimalist Baker
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5minutes
Total Time 5minutes
Servings 8(1-Tbsp servings)
Course Spice Blend
Cuisine Gluten-Free, Indian-Inspired, Vegan
Freezer Friendly No
Does it keep? 3-6 Months


  • 3Tbspground cumin
  • 2Tbspsweet paprika
  • 1 ½ – 2Tbspgranulated garlic(or sub half as much garlic powder)
  • 1Tbspground ginger
  • 2tspground coriander
  • 2tspground cardamom


  • Add all spices to a small jar and shake or stir to combine. Will keep at room temperature for several months.
  • This spice blend is ideal for seasoning things like chickpeas, tofu, roasted vegetables, and more!



*Nutrition information is a rough estimate.

Nutrition (1 of 8 servings)

Serving: 1tablespoonCalories: 22Carbohydrates: 3.8gProtein: 1gFat: 0.9gSaturated Fat: 0.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 0.4gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 6mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 1.3gSugar: 0.3gVitamin A: 866IUVitamin C: 0.4mgCalcium: 31mgIron: 2.1mg

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  1. Taylorsays

    Will the taste be drastically different if I use regular or smoked paprkia over sweet paprkia? I don’t have any sweet paprika at home.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Hi Taylor, Smoked paprika will give it a different flavor. Not necessarily bad, but we think it will taste like more of a smoky chili seasoning with a little more nuance. Hope that helps!

  2. MFsays

    We often use purchased tandoori spices on roasted potatoes but my son is allergic to alliums so we always had to make his plain on the side. It was lovely to be able to make a mix for everyone to enjoy. We left out the garlic and added nutritional yeast to replace the bulk in his and it’s delicious both ways.

    • Support @ Minimalist Bakersays

      Aw, love that your son gets to enjoy the tandoori potatoes too =) Thank you for sharing!